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  1. SilverSwede

    Return line Above or Below? that is the question

    Will the return under the level not contribute to slow cycling of the flow? How about having a smal (1/4") went line to the vapor zone. Wouldn't the flow be better (like having a vent line on a sink drain?). (Tip your head to the right)
  2. I posted this in the equipment forum and got no replies so i am trying again here. I have seen two designs on the return line from the column(s) (whisky column, vodka column or gin basket, or quite commonly these drain into a common return line) back to the pot. In one of the designs the return enters the pot above the liquid line in the vapor zone. I have heard by the people that promoted this design that it has to be that way or the still becomes vapor locked and floods if the return is under the liquid line and to never fill the still above the return line entrance point. On the other end I have heard that if the return line is above the liquid line vapor will enter the return line and "fight" the returning liquid. Interested in operating and engineering opinions, pros and cons with both designs.
  3. SilverSwede

    standards for densitometer

    We are using an older Anton Paar DMA 5000 and would like to check it with known density standards on a regular basis. Like everything else Anton Paar sells, their set of standards has an eye popping price. What are others using? Where did you source them and what did they cost? Are you happy with them?
  4. SilverSwede

    Control pannel for pot still

    Here are my two cents from experience with PID controlled electric heating processes. It is often easiest and cheapest to use on off control. You can still have a sophisticated controller that control your temperature very precisely by pulses. Your heating element will be on or off but your controller will modulate the length of the on/off times. Some of the simple controllers use a pulse of fixed time and they work well but you may experience unstable building voltage depending on your service (flickering lights) if you frequently turn 6kW on and off. The other option that i think would work very well is to split range the six heaters into 16.67% increments with a simple PLC and three relays. one for one one heater (16.67% one for two heaters 33.33% and one for three heaters 50%) A normal PID loop would then pull in the relays that were in demand depending on the controllers output. Also for safety put a second independent high temperature switch in the bath so if something fails and your oil or water gets over a predetermined temperature an alarm will sound and the system will require manual reset and restart.
  5. SilverSwede

    Return below or above the surface.

    I have seen two designs on the return line from the column(s) (whisky column, vodka column or gin basket or quite commonly these drain into a common line) back to the pot. In one of the designs the return enters the pot above the liquid line in the vapor zone. I have heard by the people that promoted this design that it has to be that way or the still becomes vapor locked and floods if the return is under the liquid line and to never fill the still above the return line entrance point. On the other end I have heard that if the return line is above the liquid line vapor will enter the return line and "fight" the returning liquid. Interested in operating and engineering opinions, pros and cons with both designs.
  6. when posting processing, storage and production reports, if shut down still in effect do we just print to the form and manually fill in/send in?
  7. SilverSwede

    Anton Paar DMA 5000

    We have acquired a used Anton Paar DMA 5000 at auction from Canada. Sadly the company has stopped supporting this model in favor of it's new DMA 5000M. We would like to get some training on the unit and confirm it's proper calibration. Can anyone suggest a lab or service technician. We are located in Western Massachusetts.
  8. Hello everyone and thank you for the add. Silver Bear Distillery is a start up in Dalton Massachusetts. We have all our licenses and permits and are now experimenting with different grains and recipes. We will be producing Vodkas, Aquavits, cordials and eventually single malt American whiskey. I am from southern Sweden originally where there is a strong tradition of craft distilling using locally sourced and seasonal materials and hope to bring that tradition to my corner of Berkshire county. We look forward to hosting many of you in our tasting room.
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